Avoidance of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). While we do not claim to be GMO-free, we are moving in that direction. Going forward, we will do our best to limit any products that contain GMOs. In that vein, we do prohibit ingredients that are most likely to contain GMOs. Specifically, at this time, we will not knowingly accept any new item with non-organic corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa or potatoes unless that item is certified by The Non-GMO Project. This includes ingredients such as fructose, ascorbic acid, citric acid, and xanthan gum that are produced using corn or soy. We strongly encourage any manufacturer that is making a GMO-free claim to have that claim certified by The Non-GMO Project. This service will benefit both the consumer and the manufacturer.
In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. On the other hand, in the U.S. the FDA approves commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination of the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.
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Note: Late pickups could result in a lesser quality product. We make every platter to order with the freshest products at their peak of perfection.
As an organization, we have taken a strong stance against GMOs, and a leadership role in the natural foods industry in trying to have products labeled as verified GMO-free. As such, we have decided to not bring in any new products that carry any at-risk GMO ingredients (see policy below). In doing this, we have refused a number of products that you might see at other natural food stores. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience to you, we hope you will also understand that we have made this decision with the welfare of you, your children (and mine!), and future generations in mind!
Be sure to keep an eye on our Fresh Specials and Co+op Deals each week. you’ll never know what you might find!
River Valley Co-op is much more than your everyday grocery store! Sure, you can pick up all the groceries you need. but we can be your bakery, butcher and deli, too! We always have great deals on fresh local foods, organic produce and familiar favorites you and yours will love.
Staff at our co-op know good food like no one else. We are passionate about building a strong community between our local farmers, vendors, and shoppers. We’re committed to wellness and bringing you the absolute best quality products possible in each and every one of our departments. We make locally produced, fair trade, non-GMO and certified organic foods and essentials our top priority.
And, don’t forget to check out our Vendor Profiles to learn even more about our community of local farms and food producers. We are always working hard to bring you their stories!
Just how wild about local are we at River Valley Co-op? The answer lies with our hundreds of local vendors, growers and producers! Start exploring this interactive map to discover where all our local products come from, as well as where you can find them in the store.